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Circa 1905 Edward's Big League Table Base Ball Game
Starting Bid - $800.00, Sold For - $6,960.00
Circa 1905, the "Edward's Big League Table Base Ball Game" is the most sophisticated of all baseball action games, according to Dr. Mark Cooper's definitive book Baseball Games (1995 Schiffler Publishing). It is also one of the rarest. This is the first example we have ever seen at auction. (In fact, the only place we've even seen a picture of this game is in Mark Cooper's book.) This game was manufactured by "The Edwards Manufacturing Co., Cincinnati, O." as indicated by the original plaque mounted on the side wall. The pitcher throws a ball in the air, and the batter makes an attempt to hit the ball. Like a standard baseball game, there are nine total fielders in maroon colored uniforms, eight of whom have metal nets to attempt to field the ball. The knob behind home plate, when turned, moves the runners around the bases on a chain driven mechanism. The runners are dressed in blue. The base of the game is made of wood. The interior field is decorated in a gray felt material. The interior side walls are covered in a leatherette. The crank shaft behind home plate is missing the original knob, which has been replaced by a silver turn-key. The game has some minor surface wear but it is otherwise in spectacular Near Mint and completely working condition with all original pieces (except knob). The players all have their original paint complete and intact. This is one of the great early baseball games, of simply incredibly high quality, and a great rarity virtually unseen by even the most serious collectors. Dimensions: 27 x 27 inches. The stadium fences are five inches tall. Reserve $800. Estimate $1,500/$2,500. SOLD FOR $6,960.00
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